Emily Dvorin is a self-taught, award-winning fiber artist. She grew up in New Jersey in the 50s, a child of an intellectual family. Her father was a psychiatrist, and her mother was a high-school teacher. Growing up, she was told her creativity and artistic approach were “cute”.
In college in the 60’s, Emily majored in foreign languages (Spanish, French and Italian) because that felt more appropriate to her parents than art did. She got married and went to graduate school for her Masters in Teaching, and then taught third grade for four years until she left to start a family.
Her husband’s job took her and her family to California in the 70’s, where they settled in Marin County. Art and music remained a part of her life during this time– she sang in a Community
Chorus and, in the mid-70’s, partnered with a friend to open Various & Sundries, a contemporary
crafts store in San Anselmo, California. She did a lot of macramé–it was the 70’s, after all–and
discovered an enduring fondness for fiber art.
In the early 80’s, she took a basket workshop in the basement of the old Academy of Sciences in
San Francisco, and her life was forever changed. She had an “a-HA!” moment and realized that
basketry and three-dimensional work were what she truly loved. Emily had little formal art
training, other than workshops here and there, including four years in a “Fiber Sculpture” studio
class. She learned traditional techniques this way, but then branched out into her own innovations. Still a teacher after all these years, as well as a learner, Emily began offering workshops of her own to adults and going into 3rd-8th grade school classrooms to bring the joy of basketry to a wider audience.
In 2008, after owning and operating Various & Sundries for 35 years, and enabling other artists to
gain wider audience and appreciation for their work, Emily retired to live her life’s dream of being a full-time artist. She now has a studio in Sausalito, California. She continues to teach classes for both adults and children, and she speaks, consults and exhibits all around the country.